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Learn about Nordic Skiing

Cross-country or backcountry skiing is an excellent recreational activity and competitive sport classified into two categories - Classic and Skate.

Classic Style

The classic style is often used on prepared trails that have pairs of parallel grooves (tracks) cut into the snow. The centre section of a classic ski will either have "fish scales", or ski wax that will stick to the snow (called the "kick zone" or "grip zone" of the ski). When full weight is transferred to a single ski the kick zone comes into contact with the snow. Glide wax is used on the tails and tips of the skis.

Try before you buy: Rent a pair of cross country skis, and you will be able to use the cost of the rental towards the cost of Cross Country Ski purchase.

Group Lessons and Private lessons are available too! Learn more...

Skate Style

Skate skiing involves a decisive weight transfer onto one ski angled and then the other, supported by the inner edge of the ski on the snow, which looks similar to an ice skater. As in classic skiing, transferring weight completely from one ski to the next is essential to learning to skate. Those who have learned to ice skate or rollerskiing may find ski skating technique easier to learn than classic skiing. Skate skiing can be done either with skis specifically designed for skating or 'combi' skis for both skating and classic.

Try before you buy: Rent a pair of cross country skis, and you will be able to use the cost of the rental towards the cost of Cross Country Ski purchase.

Group Lessons and Private lessons are available too! Learn more...

 

 

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